Project Description

Carnegie Free Library – Swords, Co Dublin.

Description of Works

Fingal County Council appointed Kelbuild Ltd as main contractors to carry out the refurbishment and conservation works at Carnegie Library including the construction of a new two-storey extension to the side of the building to facilitate new services and improve universal access.

The project is within the Swords Cultural Quarter and will provide workspaces and a creative hub with flexibility for a range of community and arts activities including rehearsal and performance uses.

Carnegie Free Library is a protected structure built in 1908 and is formed by traditional building construction of brick, stone with lime mortar and render. This offered unique challenges when carrying out the refurbishment works of this historic nature as its classed as breathable construction so only traditional building techniques could be used in this section of the works. To insulate the exterior walls Kelbuild had to take care to remove the historic timber wainscoting to all the walls and then add additional Calsitherm insulation boards, and lime render finish internally before re-fitting the refurbished timber wainscoting.

The existing slates on the roof where replaced with new natural slates along with sustainable wood fibre insulation boards while re-instating the original 110 year old ridge & hip tiles. This formed as part of the energy refurbishment upgrading required in order to bring the historic building up to a modern level of energy efficiency and comfort to last another 100 years. It takes great care and detail to undertake these types of works and Kelbuild worked diligently to ensure the quality of the finished product. The end result was fantastic with the majority of the historic fabric including the doors and windows being re-furbished by specialist rather than being replaced by new. This is vital when refurbishing a protected structure in order to save its architectural & historic value.

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